Cheap and Cheerful
Yarran 2013 Pinot Grigio
Sometimes a wine doesn’t need to have immense texture or complexity. It just needs to be crisp and refreshing.
This little bargain basement number from young winemaker Sam Brewer fits the bill. It is fresh, fruity and a very decent drink for the price.
It is well made and easy to drink, with bright floral and tropical fruit notes.
Very food friendly, this is a wine for enjoying rather that discussing.
Caillard 2012 Mataro
Andrew Caillard, who lives in Leichhardt, is a wine writer, historian, consultant, film producer, auctioneer – and Master of Wine.
His great-great-great-great-great grandfather, John Reynell, planted one of Australia’s first vineyards: at Reynella, around 1838, and Caillard now makes his own wine and also paints and designs the labels.
His latest release is this lip-smackingly delicious mataro from the Barossa Valley; beautifully balanced with supple power.
Pauletts 2013 Polish Hill River Riesling
It is an ongoing mystery why beautiful dry Clare Valley rieslings like this one are not more prized.
This is a thing of beauty; fragrant and minerally with intense lemon, lime and grapefruit notes on a zesty palate with lashings of brisk, refreshing acid.
It is a delicate food-friendly wine that’s an absolute pleasure to drink.
If you haven’t tried a riesling for a while, please give this one a go. I promise you’ll be pleasantly surprised.